Get Your Dating Game in Shape With 19 Books by Bachelor Stars
When we looked into where The Bachelor couples are now, we were surprised to see so many authors from the bunch. While some of the past contestants from the franchise have gone the expected route — writing about their personal experiences on the show — others penned books from surprising genres. There's something for everyone here, from a historical novel to children's fiction to a poetic memoir (spoiler alert: it's by Chris and Des). The most scandalous of all is probably Courtney Robertson's juicy tell-all memoir, which really goes there with the sexy secrets of the show. Although Andi Dorfman spills some secrets of her own in her book, It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After. Check out these books by former bachelors and bachelorettes — you're sure to glean some relationship dos and don'ts from those who survived the dating show.
Diamonds and Hearts — A Poetic Memoir
Desiree Hartsock was wooed by now-husband Chris Siegfried's heartfelt poetry, so it's no surprise they collaborated to produce a book of poetry. Diamonds and Hearts — A Poetic Memoir includes 44 poems plus synopses from Chris and Des, journal entries, and Desiree's "original poems to Chris written on postcards from around the world."
Happily Ever After
The very first bachelorette and one of the few success stories, Trista Sutter, wrote a book titled Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. The book about love, family, and happiness was released in 2013, as she and her hubby, Ryan Sutter — who she picked on her season of the show — celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary.
Better Single Than Sorry
After breaking off her engagement with Bachelor Andrew Firestone, Jen Schefft went on to star in The Bachelorette but rejected the final two bachelors. Her 2007 book Better Single Than Sorry: A No-Regrets Guide to Loving Yourself and Never Settling is a guide to thriving as a single woman.
The Date Night Cookbook
Meredith Phillips, who came in fourth in Bob Guiney's season of The Bachelor, went on to star in the second season of The Bachelorette. She penned The Date Night Cookbook: 25 Easy-to-Cook Menus For the Busy Couple, which includes 25 three-course menus that are quick and simple for couples on the go.
The Lean Belly Prescription
Doctor Travis Stork was The Bachelor in season eight and wrote the weight-loss book The Lean Belly Prescription: The Fast and Foolproof Diet & Weight-Loss Plan From America's Top Urgent-Care Doctor.
Funeral director Shawntel Newton, who got kicked off of Brad Womack's second season of The Bachelor and then tried and failed to be a contestant on Ben Flajnik's season, wrote about her life and experiences on the show in Final Rose.
My Reality is the memoir by Melissa Rycroft, who Jason Mesnick picked in his season of The Bachelor before dumping her on live TV for runner-up Molly Malaney during the after-the-rose ceremony. She writes about going from being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader to a wife and mom with all the reality TV and relationship drama in between.
The Princess of Nowhere
Former bachelor Prince Lorenzo Borghese wrote the historical novel The Princess of Nowhere, based loosely on one of his ancestors, Princess Pauline Borghese, the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Children's book author and former contestant on Matt Grant's season of The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad's second season, Holly Durst, recently released her latest kiddie book Chocolate Socks.
What a Difference a Year Makes
What a Difference a Year Makes: How Life's Unexpected Setbacks Can Lead to Unexpected Joy is the memoir by Bob Guiney, who became The Bachelor after being kicked off of Trista's season of The Bachelorette.
The Man Code
David Good was booted off of Jillian Harris's season of The Bachelorette, but went on to win Bachelor Pad. He wrote The Man Code: A Woman's Guide to Cracking the Tough Guy.
I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain
From the model we loved to hate, Courtney Robertson, is her fittingly titled memoir, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain. Courtney won Ben Flajnik's heart in his season of The Bachelor, but their engagement was short-lived — and she got the last word dishing juicy details from her experience as "one of the most controversial contestants" to ever be on the reality show.
Nobody's Perfect: What to Do When You've Fallen For a Jerk but You Want to Make It Work
Helene Eksterowicz and Gwen Gioia competed against each other for Bachelor No. 2 Aaron Buerge in 2002. Even though Aaron chose Helene, the relationship ended while the friendship between Helene and Gwen didn't. The ladies went on to write a cheeky book with true stories and dating tips, Nobody's Perfect: What to Do When You've Fallen For a Jerk but You Want to Make It Work.
Don't Be That Girl: A Guide to Finding the Confident, Rational Girl Within
Former Bachelor Dr. Travis Stork also cowrote Don't Be That Girl: A Guide to Finding the Confident, Rational Girl Within with Leah Furman, basically a book that calls out the crazy behaviors of women.
For the Right Reasons: America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage and Why Nice Guys Finish First
From "the virgin Bachelor" Sean Lowe — who is now married to his pick Catherine Giudici — comes his memoir For the Right Reasons: America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage and Why Nice Guys Finish First. In the book he opens up about the struggles he had with balancing his Christian beliefs and being on a reality TV dating show.
The Perfect Letter
Inspired by The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks, Bachelor host of all hosts Chris Harrison penned a romance novel about a book editor from the city falling in love with a cowboy in her Texan hometown. Now if only he'd write a tell-all . . .
It's Not Okay
Anyone who watched The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman when she was on Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor knows why the title of her tell-all book, It's Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After, is both funny and depressing. Andi describes it as "basically a tongue-in-cheek diary of my breakup, but it's also kind of like the anti self-help book."
I Said Yes
Emily Maynard (now Johnson) was on Brad Womack's season of The Bachelor before starring on The Bachelorette, and now the married mother of four talks about how love "found her" after she couldn't find it herself, as well as her religious beliefs in I Said Yes: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love.
Single State of Mind
In 2018, Andi followed up It's Not Okay with Single State of Mind, sharing more details on her single, post-Bachelor life.